MHS boys' golf looking to improveAfter the team’s third meet, Mitchell High School boys’ golf coach Sean Moen believes his team is performing to its potential.
By: Kevin Pottebaum, The Daily Republic
After the team’s third meet, Mitchell High School boys’ golf coach Sean Moen believes his team is performing to its potential.
The young squad finished five strokes back of Huron in a dual Monday and had last-place finishes in the first two meets of the season on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14.
“I’m very happy with the crew that we have,” Moen said. “We don’t really have a team that is a contender for a state title, but we’re progressing and I’m not going to be disappointed as long as we do that.”
The top two golfers for the Kernels are sophomores — Jaron Weich and Jacob Rice — and the No. 3 and No. 4 spots on the roster belong to freshmen with Ryan Solberg and Landon Pooley.
“Other teams have a lot of experience and that’s something we lack,” Moen said. “A couple years from now we should be in a really good position to be in the top six in the state. For now, we would like to improve on last year’s results.”
Aaron Sudbeck and Tyson Allen finish off the top six golfers that the Kernels use for the varsity lineup.
Moen said Weich has set a goal to medal at as many events as possible. To medal, a golfer must place in the top 15. Moen said the competition around the state is at a very high level and Weich will most likely need to card a 75 or better to medal.
Weich shot a 75 in Monday’s dual in Huron, a course that Moen said is very challenging.
“Jaron’s been playing well,” Moen said. “He started a little slow but it’s coming back to him and he’ll keep improving.”
Moen said the toughest aspect for his team has been the emotional side of the game.
“In golf, you’ve got to keep everything on an even keel as much as you can,” he said. “The freshmen are kind of up and down. They’ll get a birdie and be happy as can be, then drag their feet after a double-bogey.
“It’s all part of the learning curve when they’re out there.”
The team returns to Huron for its next action as it plays in the Huron Invitational which beginas at 10 a.m. Friday at Huron Broadland Creek Golf Course.